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Vanessa

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  • The Mind-Body Code: How the Mind Wounds and Heals the Body

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mario Martinez
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (139)

    You know that your mind influences your health-but what's influencing your mind? Unless you answer this question, teaches Dr. Mario Martinez, you may be missing a key component on the journey to health and personal excellence. On The Mind-Body Code, the founder of Biocognitive Theory presents his first audio curriculum about the dynamic interplay between our thoughts, our bodies and our cultural history-and how to unlock this powerful doorway to wellness and fulfillment.

    James says: "Probably Better Resources Out There"
    "Have to give this full marks"
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    Dr Martinez narrates his own work and just listening to his soothing, compassionate voice is a pleasure in itself. The ideas he is narrating work on a level I have never come across before and are remarkably effective.

    At last, a scientific understanding of the mind-body connection that is not New Age in any way. Martinez's techniques are infinitely more effective than any visualization exercise I had tried in the past and I finally have closure on issues I had been working on for years. Hooray!

    Thanks for this body of work Dr Martinez. I hope many others will find relief in their lives as the result of this audio book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2972)
    Performance
    (1693)
    Story
    (1694)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "Not their best"
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    I have many books by these authors and they are all great books. This one though was just too long for me. If I was reading a paper copy, I would skim through about 20% of it as much of it is descriptive.

    As with all Preston/Child books, the book seems to be thoroughly researched, but I struggled with the characters of this book. Too mechanical or one-dimensional. But, overall enjoyable, especially while driving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2600)
    Performance
    (1672)
    Story
    (1670)

    Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.

    Anastasia says: "Should have made this one into a movie..."
    "Most enjoyable"
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    As others have mentioned, this book follows on somewhat from Relic but easily stands on its own. I found myself laughing out loud at the preposterousness of the last third or so of the book but didn't mind a bit due to the great story telling of these two authors.

    I understand that the description of the underground tunnels is based on fact, as is the population of folk who live in them so that adds an interesting aspect.

    Others have said they felt it was a long story for a disappointing end however, it is a story that gets you in and holds you right to the end, with an ending which I found to be just fine.

    I cant' say much about the narration as I was engaged completely in the story, so I guess that means the narration was good as I didn't notice it!

    Most enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abandon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (205)

    On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman and child in a remote mining town will disappear, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins, and not a single bone will be found - not even the gold that was rumored to have been the pride of this town. One hundred and thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a leading history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town so they can learn what happened.

    Janet says: "Disturbing"
    "The book that should have been good; but wasn't"
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    This should have been a good book. The idea of an entire town going missing on Christmas night over 100 years ago sounds great. A group entering the town in current time and uncovering what happened also sounds like a great read/listen.

    Instead this overly lengthy book describes what happens to one-dimensional characters that I really didn't care about at all. At about the two thirds mark, its as if the author suddenly realized he needed to give some attention to character development instead of endlessly describing the landscape.

    The perpetrators of the worst acts in this book aren't really explored at all. Their acts so heinous with no real context that I was laughing out loud. Ridiclious!! And the mirroring of events from the past/present just got tiring.

    I listened to the end because I love listening to Luke Daniels but I really didn't care at all about the end of the story. This might be a first for me. And the end was so silly I wondered what the editor was thinking.

    Seriously, this could have been half the length and twice as good with a bit more thought.

    Oh well, it got me through a very long drive so I should be happy for that. Sorry Mr Crouch.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10521)
    Performance
    (9397)
    Story
    (9371)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Best impulse buy I have had!"
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    I bought this on a whim and I am SO glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed the fun story, great characters and brilliant narration. "Hounded" brings the old lore to life in a completely new way. Druids, vampires, werewolves and a variety of gods are mixed in with some good old fashioned Irish storytelling. Thoroughly enjoyable. Now I must go and find myself an Irish Wolfhound....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4307)
    Performance
    (2736)
    Story
    (2765)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "A great listen!"
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    I bought this hoping for a good story I could listen to whilst at the gym and enjoyed it so much I found myself listening every chance I had.

    It was odd to come across a book where I couldn't care less about any of the characters, yet I just had to keep listening. It's a clever story which saves a few good surprises for the end.

    Nicely narrated although one or two of the characters' "voices" irritated slightly. Still, who cares? It is a ripping yarn and I enjoyed it immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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